Cecil B. Demented [WS] [DVD] [2000]

The latest film from Baltimore's bastion of bad taste John Waters is given a colorful and faultless transfer to disc. It is presented in widescreen anamorphic format (1.85:1) with a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. Supplemental features include animated scene selections, two theatrical trailers, and a TV spot. The disc also has text production notes and an extensive bio section, with 16 cast and 12 crew entries, as well as a 20-minute promo entitled "Comedy Central's Canned Ham: Cecil B. Demented" featuring interviews with Waters and cast members sandwiched between clips from the movie. The true highlight, though, is the director's commentary track; while it is generally scene-specific, Waters' ramblings about such topics as his hometown and the creative process behind the film are what make the track the very definition of entertainment.
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Cecil B. Demented
Iconoclastic satirist John Waters bites the hand that (periodically) feeds him in this humorous look at the underside of the film industry. Self-styled guerrilla filmmaker Cecil (Stephen Dorff) leads a Baltimore movie-making collective/street gang called the Sprocket Holes, which includes Cecil's girlfriend and frequent leading lady, a low-rent porn actress named Cherish Oh Lordy (Alicia Witt). Desperate for attention, they kidnap famous Hollywood actress Honey Whitlock (Melanie Griffith) during a Baltimore publicity stop and force her at gunpoint to star in their latest production, Raving Beauty. Before long, Honey comes down with a severe case of Stockholm syndrome and joins the Sprocket Holes in their bid to destroy the mainstream film industry. Waters regulars Ricki Lake, Patty Hearst, and Mink Stole highlight the supporting cast, and techno star Moby contributes to the soundtrack. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Melanie Griffith
    Melanie Griffith - Honey Whitlock
  • Stephen Dorff
    Stephen Dorff - Cecil B. Demented
  • Alicia Witt
    Alicia Witt - Cherish Oh Lordy
  • Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.
    Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. - Lewis
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Maggie Gyllenhaal - Raven

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